My Favourite Place


Since I was eight years old, i've had this *little* obsession with New York, after being bought Home Alone 2 on video, my love affair began, I wanted to be just like Kevin McCallistar, go on the huge airplane, sit in a hotel room stuffing my face with all the yummy deliciousness, I wanted to play all day in FAO Schwartz, and I wanted to walk through a snowy Central Park and feed the pigeons with the scary lady. My first crush began and I need to go, pronto.


It soon became obvious, this wasn't just a silly crush, this was to be my first true love!


I would talk about it all the time, watch the film every day, I would beg my mum to take me there, and she promised, she promised that before I turned 18, I would go. I held on to that promise.


February 14th 2009 started like any other day, except my Mum had insisted I go to the airport with her to pick up a family friend, obviously being the lazy teenager I was I moaned a little, but then I agreed to go along, I can always go back to bed when i'm back after all!


So we are standing in the airport, with my Mum and Step Dad (why we all needed to be there I don't know), she asks me to check her passport to make sure it was definitely hers so I open it up, and panic hits..

"Mum, you've got my passport, this isn't yours!"
I'm then told,
"You might as well have this as well then"
and given to me was a New York Guide Book, things still didn't trigger for me, I remember feeling confused, then I'm asked
"Would you like to go?"
Thats when I realised, in that moment I WAS GOING TO NEW YORK, RIGHT NOW, I instantly burst into tears, this was it, it's actually going to happen.



I can't even begin to tell you how magical this trip was. Stepping off the plane and heading off to our hotel, even just driving along the roads made me feel content, there's something about America that makes me feel at home! That first sight of the city itself was incredible, the child in me was jumping up and down in my seat, squealing with excitement!

It was everything I could have imagined, 9 years of planning and expectations this City had to live up to, I knew damn well it wasn't going to let me down. Over the next 4 days, we visited so many places, the obvious ones, the Statue of Liberty at Sunset, The Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Centre, we even visited a British Pub to watch a game of footy on the tv! (necessity obviously!). We ventured to Madame Tussauds, The Nikon Camera shop, Ground Zero and even had a magical limousine ride through Times Square!

I've been yearning to go back ever since we came home almost 7 years ago! A part of me is still somewhere in the midst of New York and I think it would only be fair to head over there again in a few years. So in 2019, I am off again, however this time, I will be sharing the magic with Abbie, sharing with her my most favourite place in the whole world, experiencing some of the things I missed before and watching her soak up every little bit. And of course it'll have to all begin with snuggling up and watching Home Alone 2 together, at the same age I was, only 20 years later.




What's your favourite holiday?

32 comments:

  1. Great post. I am currently putting together my post for the same competition, so good luck to you! It's an amazing competition to get involved with. I have personally nver been to New york but one day I'll visit, one day! ;) #BlogSleepRepeat

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    1. Eek good luck with your post! :). Yes you must, it's amazing, a friend of mine is there right now and I'm so bloomin' jealous! xx

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  2. New York is so wonderful, I have been a few times and would love to go back with the kids! I love it's buzz and all the food!

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    1. Ahh yes the food! No matter what time of day it is, something will be open for food! We visited a lovely Mexican place on the first night, we had pink lemonade and a huge platter of yummy food! x

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  3. Amazing, I would love to go to New York it's on my wish list of places. What a fantastic way for your mum to surprise you as well x

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    1. You really should go! I know, I still can't believe she managed to keep it from me till the airport! Might have to surprise Abbie in the same way! x

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  4. I have never visited NY but would love to go. I need to wait until the kids are a bit older as it isn't a place they would enjoy (i don't think) You have taken some wonderful pictures.

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    1. I will be taking Abbie when she is a little older in 2019, I think it'll be perfect, we have bookmarked a load of places to go with her, including a huge sweet shop! :D x

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  5. New York is such a magical place. I think the city is just so inspiring. It makes you feel like you can take over the world xx

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    1. That's exactly how I felt when I was there, it was a dream come true! x

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  6. Wow these pictures are brilliant - I've been invited to NY on several occasions but declined - I feel its the sort of place I want to go for the first time with my husband for a really special occasion.

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    1. Ahhh you have more control that me, I would have snapped the chance up straight away haha, but obviously would have to take Abbie with me! x

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  7. Aww, what an awesome way of springing it on you all those years ago. I love New York too though I have only been once years back. Oh jeez, 14 years ago?! When did time go so fast?

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    1. Time does go too fast, it was 7 years ago since I was there, I wish time would slow down! But now I'm counting down the days till our trip in a few years :) x

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  8. Such a beautiful post. Bring on 2019! I absolutely adore New York too. It is so incredible when you first see it isn't it? And when you're in the middle of the city, it's not claustrophobic at all. It really does feel like a place where dreams are made. Chloe - LifeUnexpected.co.uk xx

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    1. Thank you :). It's the dream place to be, I constantly found myself looking up, all the skyscrapers, lights and especially looking around at times square! It's amazing to have all those buildings then this gorgeous park straight in the middle, its the best of both worlds! x

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  9. What a lovely idea to take your daughter at the same age that you were. I love NY too - definitely one of my favourite places as me and husband got engaged there :) xx

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    1. Oh how romantic! Was it on top of the Empire State Building? Definitely a dreamy place to get engaged, how could you say no? ;) x

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  10. That's such a good surprise! I want to do that for my kids one day, just spring a holiday on them. I've always wanted to visit New York ever since I read Princess Diaries as a kid. I love that series! x

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    1. It's a bit like the parents who surprise their little ones with a Disneyland holiday, their little faces are so cute, I think we will have to surprise Abbie in the same way! x

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  11. What beautiful photos. This is somewhere I definitely want to go at some point. I've had so many dream holidays pre children I should be really grateful, but I have a crazy travelling bug and can't wait to be able to start planning holidays like this again. I love the way your Mum did that, you must've been beside yourself. Amazing xx

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    1. Ahh i'm the same, I spent the past 4 years cooped up with my anxiety preventing me from travelling too far away, but now Abbie is older, I just want to go travelling again, take her to all these magical places and start having some proper family memories! x

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  12. Aw it sounds like the most amazing trip and how wonderful that it was a huge surprise. I would love to go to New York and reading your post has just brought it alive for me. Hopefully I will get to go in a few years time. Thanks for sharing. Amazing pictures.

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    1. It really was, I think if I would've been told about the trip beforehand, I wouldn't have slept for weeks! Haha. Yes you must go, it really is so much fun! x

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  13. I love this post, I felt like I was there with you :) Also...My 4 year old is also currently obsessed with New York, they are currently playing Mums and Dads and going to New York!! :) X

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    1. :) Awww thats adorable, do they like Home Alone? They'll be nagging you to go to New York every day just like I did! Ha xx

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  14. We have been to New York as a family when Emma was turning 2 and loved it, I dream of going back with her now, as she will enjoy it even more!xx

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    1. Oh amazing, how was she with the time difference? Looking forward to going back! X

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  15. I love new york! Going back in 3 weeks. :)

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    1. Ahhh so jealous! Have an amazing time! X

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